For more than a century, the Eugene Water & Electric Board has provided its customers with reliable
electric services at reasonable rates. As Oregon's largest citizen-owned municipal utility, we strive
to keep you informed about any changes in your electric rates.
EWEB Commissioners in December 2012 approved the 2013 budget, along with an average
electric rate of 4 percent. Read the May 2013 Electric Rate Proposal for details.
There are several factors driving the electric rate increase:
- Costs associated with the relicensing EWEB's largest hydroelectric power facility, Carmen-Smith.
- Continued cost increases associated with acquiring renewable energy (primarily wind)
- Lower revenues generated from the sale of surplus power
The Bonneville Power Administration, which supplies EWEB with about 60 percent of its electricity, plans to
increase the wholesale rates it charges Northwest utilities in November 2013. At this time, EWEB estimates
the Bonneville increase could result in a 4 percent pass-through.
(Effective May 1, 2013)
The Residential Electric rate is composed of three monthly charges: the Basic Charge, the Delivery Charge
and the Energy Charge.
Services that must be provided to you regardless of your usage, such as meter reading, billing and customer service,
are listed under Basic Charge.
The Delivery Charge covers the costs of all "back-end" work required to send power over EWEB's distribution system to your home.
It includes the operation and maintenance of local wires, transformers, poles and equipment.
The Energy Charge covers the costs of producing the electricity and transmitting it over long-distance transmission systems to Eugene's
distribution system. (If you have signed up for EWEB Greenpower, it will appear on this portion of your bill.)
General Service rates also include a Demand Charge, which charges for peak kilowatt (kW) usage during the billing period.
Rates for residential customers.
Rates for general service customers using 0-30 monthly kilowatts.
Rates for general service customers using 31-500 monthly kilowatts.
For large general service, street lighting and other electric rates, as well as all rate schedules, visit EWEB's Policies and Procedures Manual (Chapter V). The manual is in PDF format and contains left-hand bookmarks and links in the table of contents for easier navigation to the rate schedules.
Get answers to some of your frequently asked rate questions.
The following graph illustrates how EWEB's current electric rates compare to rates in
12 other Northwest communities (as of May 2013).
Email our Senior Financial/
Rates Analyst with any further questions.